The late iconic hip hop gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur describes a thug as an individual who comes from an oppressive and disadvantaged background, and uses unconventional methods to thrive in American society. Shakur attributes many of the dilemmas of African Americans and other marginalized groups to what he realizes as the T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. philosophy. Hate entwined with ethnic, cultural and gender discrimination impedes an appreciation for diversity and inclusion. The workshop offers a candid discussion on the concepts of race and white privilege, and considers efforts to heal, build and restore communications.
This session grants an overview of gangster rapper Tupac Shakur's T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. philosophy. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of Shakur's THUG LIFE theory, his motivation, and explanation of racism and other forms of discrimination. Participants will learn the T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. theory offers an alternative perspective of America's "isms," stimulates dialogue, and supports an agenda for a better understanding and appreciation of human differences and the diversity of America.
Session Goals and Outcomes To present Tupac Shakur's THUG LIFE concept To provide an opportunity for a candid discussion about race To offer a better understanding of racism, white dominance, privilege and influence To offer alternatives towards healing from discrimination and promoting better communications and enhanced
Carolyn Massey, SUNY Empire State College
Carolyn Massey earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Human Services Leadership, and a Master's of Liberal Studies from SUNY Empire State College. Her graduate studies focused on Cultural Anthropology and African American Studies with an emphasis on hip hop and rapper Tupac Shakur's THUG LIFE concept and its relationship to the concepts of race, racism, and other types of discriminatory practices.